exhibitions
BJØRN BÅSEN

Tainted Tales

February 18, 2011 - March 19, 2011

Tainted Tales features two series of meticulously executed paintings: Taffel and Prism, which reveal an extravagant but disintegrating world that explores the paradoxical themes of decadence and virtue. The paintings embody both a sophisticated and saccharine sweet sensibility, which references the ornate approach of masters such as Watteau and Boucher in Late Baroque period as well as the kitschy aesthetic of contemporary Japanese painting by artists such as Takashi Murakami and Yayoi Kusama. Inspired by passages from Lewis Carroll's "Alice in Wonderland," Taffel depicts richly painted landscapes of opulent porcelain that are unconventionally cracked and broken, casting surreal and anthropomorphic shadows, which reveal subversive narratives hidden within bourgeois society.